Mary Carel

Obituary of Mary A. Carel

Mary A Carel, of Woodbury Mews, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021.  She was 91.


Mary was born and raised in Philadelphia.  She was a graduate of Hallahan C.G.H.S., class of 1947.  Mary met her husband, John; they were married in 1948 and resided in Philadelphia for several years before moving to South Jersey and settling in Woodbury Heights in 1959 where they continued to grow their family. 

A friendly woman that loved to laugh, Mary was always enjoyable to be around.   She was devoted to her faith beginning at St. Patrick's Church and then St. Margaret's Church where she was very active among the church community.  Mary served as a Eucharistic Minister, attended the many social activities the church held and was past President of the Women's Club.  Some of Mary's fondest memories were spent with her family during the summers in Brigantine, NJ.  Mary enjoyed taking road trips in the fall to see the beauty of the changing foliage and spending countless hours tending to her garden.  She also had a soft spot for all of her canine companions she had throughout her life.  Mary found solace by being by the waters, whether it was walks on the boardwalks down the shore, taking Cape May Ferry trips with her good friend Wilma, walking along the river at Red Bank Battle Field and Riverwinds or swimming at the YMCA.  She also had many fond memories with her lifelong friend Trudy.   


The only child of the late Anna (Morris) and James Freeman, she is the beloved Wife of the late John E. Carel; devoted mother of John M. Carel (Diane), Richard J. Carel (Jill), Stephen Carel, William J. Carel (Joanne) and the late James T. Carel; loving grandmother to 14 and cherished great grandmother to 16. 

 Farewell Tribute

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:00AM in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM at Infant Jesus Parish at St. Margaret's Church, 3rd & Beech St., Woodbury Heights.  Interment will be at the family plot at Holy Sepulchre, Philadelphia, PA at 1:00PM.

Funeral Mass at St. Margaret's Church will be live streamed at 11:00am for those that cannot attend.  To view the stream, please click HERE

Interment at Holy Sepulchre will be live streamed at 1:00pm for those that cannot attend in person.  To view this stream, please click HERE

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary's honor to Infant Jesus Parish at 334 Beech Ave., Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 or Gloucester County Animal Shelter at Gloucester County Animal Shelter

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8:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday, January 15, 2021
McGuinness~Woodbury Funeral Home
34 Hunter Street
Woodbury, New Jersey, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, January 15, 2021
Infant Jesus at st. Margaret R. C. Church
Third & Beech Avenues
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, United States


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday, January 15, 2021
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
3301 W. Cheltenham Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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